Fall has arrived, which means it’s time to put the pool toys, bathing suits and summer clothes away and prepare for pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and holiday parties. Fall should be a season full of fun, not worrying about your plumbing. Taking a few moments each season to check the following will help to avoid any plumbing nightmares this chilly season:
Insulate Your Pipes
You wouldn’t go outside in near freezing temperatures without being properly bundled so don’t expect your pipes to handle it well either. A frozen pipe can quickly happen overnight and cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Pipe insulation is the best way to keep your pipes warm and avoid a plumbing emergency.
- Wrap up your outside hoses and turn off your sprinklers
- Check for leaking hose bibs to prepare yourself for next season and prevent wasting any water.
- Make sure to cover any pipes outside & inside with heat tape to help them work more effectively and prevent your pipes from freezing.
Fix Any Leaks
Prevent spending excess money on water this Fall & Winter season by checking your toilet, pipes, sinks, and showers for any leaks. A leak in your home left unchecked can quickly turn into a plumbing disaster. Leaky toilets can rot your flooring, which can lead to a ceiling collapse on the level below. A leaking faucet can cause hazardous mold buildup behind walls, under flooring & inside cabinets. A homeowner on top of home maintenance can avoid these plumbing issues by catching and addressing minor leaks before they lead to major problems.
Check Your Fixtures
Check that the shower/bath/sink faucets and drains are not clogged, the traps in your sink are not corroded or deteriorated, your toilet is running properly and your washing machine hoses are in proper working order.
If your faucet isn’t working correctly, you may not need to replace the entire fixture! Here are some signs that a full replacement may be necessary:
- Obvious cracks discovered in valve bodies.
- Wear on fixtures has led to repeated and unpreventable leaks.
- You have regular issues with water flow and pressure.
A repair may not be as cost-effective as replacing a faucet in the long run so trust our team to offer honest advice when it comes to your repairs.
Inspect Your Water Heater
One of life’s sweet pleasures is coming home when it’s chilly outside and taking a nice, hot relaxing bath or shower. To ensure you are able to enjoy such pleasures, you’ll need to be sure your water heater is fully operational.
- Before the weather gets too cold, inspect your water heater for signs of wear and tear or deterioration.
- Rust, puddles of water, and scale are all signs that your water heater needs to be inspected professionally.
- To prevent your unit from exploding, be sure to pay close attention to your unit’s pressure relief valve.
- Additionally, your unit should be flushed once annually to remove any unwanted sediment that could have piled up, so if you haven’t made an appointment yet, you may want to now!
Your Sump Pump
A sump pump eliminates water that has pooled, preventing your basement from flooding during heavy rainfall. By inspecting its discharge line you can ensure that your sump pump is clear and free of debris. If you notice an issue with the line, be sure to call a plumber as soon as possible to repair or replace it. Otherwise, allowing water to pool in basement areas can cause many future issues including mold, insects, safety hazards, and personal property being ruined.
Set a Maintenance Appointment With A Plumber
If you are unsure, call a professional plumber to check your home for any problems or repairs. Proper maintenance is arguably the most important thing you could do to preserve the investment in your home.
Keep the water running smoothly through your home’s pipes with the help of our experienced plumbing team. From clogs and leaks to sewer and pipe repairs, Danny Eaton Plumbing provides trusted service throughout the Triad. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!